OXFORD, Ohio – Having already signed four players to National Letters of Intent in the early signing period in November, the Miami University hockey team inked Justin Greenberg and Devin Loe to National Letters of Intent Thursday, head coach Enrico Blasi announced. With the two new signees, the RedHawks’ six-man freshman class for 2013-14 is complete.
“We are very excited about adding Justin and Devin to our recruiting class. They are both high-quality young men that will represent our program the right way,” Blasi said. “We are looking forward to getting them on campus along with the rest of their classmates and are proud to officially welcome them to the Brotherhood. We look forward to watching them grow in our culture and contribute to our successes both on and off of the ice."
Greenberg, who hails from Dallas, Texas, has been a forward for the Texas Tornado of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) for the past two seasons. He is a two-time participant in the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, as well, tying for the tournament lead in assists this past year. This season, the 5-foot-8, 170-pounder totaled 57 points while playing in all 60 regular-season games for the Tornado. He scored 25 goals while adding 32 assists, with both totals and his point total ranking in the top three on the team and in the top 20 in the league. So far in three playoff games this year, Greenberg has scored a goal to help the Tornado sweep Topeka in the first round while Texas faces Amarillo in the South Division Finals beginning April 25.
Last year, Greenberg led Texas to the Robertson Cup title for winning the NAHL Playoffs. In fact, the 18-year-old scored the game-winning goal in overtime in last year’s finals to beat the St. Louis Bandits and clinch the Robertson Cup. He finished with three points in last year’s playoffs, totaling two goals and an assist, while compiling a +4 rating. In his first regular season with Texas, Greenberg appeared in 39 games while tallying 28 points on 10 goals and 18 assists. He also posted a +19 rating and collected 21 penalty minutes, while he had just four penalty minutes during the entire regular season this year. Greenberg has twice earned South Division Star of the Week while with the Tornado.
“Justin is a skilled centerman that is responsible at both ends of the ice and can make plays offensively,” Blasi said. “He has had a history of scoring big goals and being a clutch playoff performer.”
Loe, a native of Weston, Fla., is a forward in his first year with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the NAHL. The 6-foot, 190-pounder played in 59 regular-season games for Fairbanks, missing just one game, while totaling 50 points on 26 goals and 24 assists with the 50 points and 26 goals both second on the team. Of his 26 goals, which tied for 14th in the league, seven came on the power play while eight were game-winners. He also posted a +6 rating and accumulated 90 penalty minutes on the year. So far in the playoffs this year, he has an assist in both games as the Ice Dogs are battling Kenai River in the West Division Semifinals and resume their series on Friday.
In 2010-11, Loe played for Rice Memorial Prep School in South Burlington, Vt., appearing in 21 games while scoring 30 points on 18 goals and 12 assists. Last year, in 2011-12, he played in 22 games in the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) and totaled 10 points, including five goals. The 20-year-old also helped lead the New England Jr. Huskies to the EJHL Playoffs a season ago.
“Devin is an extremely hard-working player that plays with a high-energy and compete level,” Blasi said. “He has a great shot and has proven this year that he can score goals as well.”
Greenberg and Loe join defensemen Trevor Hamilton, Matt Joyaux and Johnny Wingels and forward Anthony Louis as incoming freshmen for the 2013-14 season. To read about Miami’s signees from the early signing period, click here.